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JoDan Rousu looks over the cooker his family uses to refine maple syrup near Callaway. Most years they produce hundreds of gallons of refined maple syrup, some of which they use themselves, with the rest sold to retail outlets. Warm temperatures this spring slowed the flow of sap in the trees on the family tree farm, greatly reducing production. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Syrup harvest drop in bucket compared to those after colder winters

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CALLAWAY, Minn. - In a good year, JoDan Rousu and his extended family can expect to get more than 200 gallons of refined maple syrup out of the family's maple tree farm near here.

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This is not a good year.

"We've been producing maple sugar commercially for 40-plus years, and this is quite possibly the strangest season we've ever seen," Rousu said.

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